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Questions to Ask Before Surgery: Podcast with Dr. Jeffrey Schildhorn

Host: Dr. Melanie Carminati, PT, DPT, GTS, NCPT
Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Schildhorn


On the Know and Do Better Podcast, we bring you expert insights to empower your health decisions. In today’s deep dive, we explore critical considerations before surgery, guided by the expertise of Dr. Jeffrey Schildhorn, an esteemed orthopedic surgeon. Uncover the nuances of joint replacements, insights on managing hypermobility and trauma surgeries, and valuable tips for a successful preoperative journey.

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Schildhorn
Dr. Schildhorn, a distinguished Duke University graduate, brings a unique blend of academic excellence and hands-on experience to orthopedic surgery. His specialization in minimally invasive procedures reflects a commitment to reducing post-surgery downtime and enhancing patient outcomes.

Conservative Orthopedic Approach
Dr. Schildhorn advocates for a conservative approach in orthopedic medicine, emphasizing alternatives to immediate surgery. This approach prioritizes careful planning, physical therapy, and minimally invasive procedures, aligning to restore normal function without unnecessary intervention.

Deciding on Joint Replacements
Discover the criteria Dr. Schildhorn uses when considering joint replacements. From advanced arthritis to symptomatic pain hindering daily activities, Dr. Schildhorn sheds light on the factors that guide his recommendations. Gain insights into the nuanced decision-making process, ensuring patients receive the most suitable care.

Hypermobility and EDS Considerations
For those dealing with hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Dr. Schildhorn’s approach favors physical therapy over surgical intervention. Dive into the reasons behind this preference, emphasizing the crucial role of muscle stabilization in achieving optimal outcomes.

Trauma Surgeries vs. Joint Replacements
Dr. Schildhorn provides clarity on distinguishing trauma surgeries from joint replacements. Understand the immediate decisions involved in trauma surgeries, often guided by distinct fracture patterns visible in X-rays. This expert insight showcases the precision required in different surgical scenarios.

Setting Patients Up for Success
Unlock valuable tips for preoperative success, ranging from the importance of preoperative physical therapy to addressing metabolic issues and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Schildhorn emphasizes the role of preoperative weight loss in enhancing overall outcomes, providing actionable steps for patients to take charge of their health journey.

Decision-Making and Finding the Right Surgeon
Explore the intricate decision-making process for surgery, emphasizing the crucial patient-surgeon relationship. Dr. Schildhorn stresses patients’ active role in postoperative care, attending appointments, and following instructions for a smoother recovery.

As we conclude this comprehensive exploration, thank Dr. Jeffrey Schildhorn for generously sharing his expertise. If you are considering surgery or grappling with questions, contact Dr. Schildhorn for personalized guidance. Stay tuned for more insightful discussions in our next post, and take proactive steps toward a healthier, empowered future!

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